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the presidential race, the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador in benghazi, libya. the wave of anti-american protests and violence now sweeping the globe. for more on what happened and why, let's bring in the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, dr. susan rice. dr. rice, thank you for joining us. >> first of all, what is the latest on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in benghazi? we're hearing that the libyans are arresting people. they're saying some people were from outside the country and some even al qaeda ties. what's the latest information? >> jake, first of all, it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun and it will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainty what transpired. but our current assessment, is that in fact what began as a spontaneous not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this video that was disseminated. we believe that folks in benghazi, a small number of people came to the consulate to repli
armed madeleine -- militants launched a attack at a u.s. complex in benghazi, pelting it with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. they fill the safe room with smoke and drive at least one person in it with the roof. in the end, four died, including chris stevens, the u.s. ambassador to libya, who helped save benghazi during last year cost revolution. he is the first u.s. ambassador to be killed since 1979. a lifelong friend opened up about the loss. >> i lost somebody who unconditionally loved just about everybody. what the world lost was a great diplomat who was interested in peace and humanity, who really understood the culture of the middle east. >> a senior staffer at the senate foreign relations committee was among his friends. >> he basically said, this is what he was meant to do. he was willing to take the risk -- it is so unfortunate that that risk finally overtook him. it is tragic. i think he died living out his life mission. >> shaun smyth a foreign service information manager, was also killed. he worked for the foreign service for a decade -- he is survived by a wife an
was spreading and deepening. the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was in flames. and the ambassador and three other americans, dead, after militants attacked with gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. by wednesday, the crowd outside the embassy in cairo had grown larger and the mood, ugly. the rhetoric now, a world away from the heady days of the arab spring last year. when i visited yemen during its own uprising, the atmosphere was optimistic. things have clearly changed. >> we do have to recognize that this kind of outrage that we're seeing in the region is a result of an enormous amount of frustration with the lack of fulfilled promises about the arab spring. the arab spring wasn't just about freedom and democracy. it was about social and economic progress. >> reporter: despite the death and utter devastation at the u.s. mission in benghazi, the state department insists there was a robust security presence. >> we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: yet, just the day before the attack, al qaeda's leader urged libyans to retalia
over there is tragic. >> pretty upsetting. i was pretty embarrassed and disappointed if. >> in benghazi, libya, demonstrators rallied in america, denouncing attack carried out by a rogue group. four americans were killed an information specialist sean smith and the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. >> my name is chris stevens and the new u.s. ambassador or to libya. life to stop as lifet and then gave his o help build a better libya. >> we have learned the u.s. consulate was hit with two attacks. it lasted five hours. within 15 minutes of the first the attackers were able to enter the main compound of complex and set it ablaze. a terror group affiliated with qaeda has claimed attacksbility for the libya. officials believed it was coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary. jummy olabanji reporting. i want to share some live that we are getting libya and from a conflict this is egypt, actually. you can see quite a bit of activity. we will continue to follow the story. ambassador christopher stevens was on his second tour of duty in libya. the career diplomat ran the benghazi office durin
on the consulate in benghazi tuesday. it was in protest of a movie that ridiculed islam and its prophet muhammad. it was one of several protests across the region. some say they used the protests as a diversion. the protests have grown with people taking to the streets in about a dozen nations. in iraq, hundreds of people marched in baghdad thursday chanting america is the enemy of the people. egypt says at least 13 civilians and six police officers were hurt thursday in the protests outside the u.s. embassy in cairo. in yemen demonstrators breached a security wall at the u.s. embassy. secretary of state hillary clinton is condemning the violence and the film clip that inspired it. >> this video is disgusting and reprehensible. it appears to have a deeply cynical purpose to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. there is no justification. none at all. for responding to this video with violence. >> now of course you can count on the "good morning washington" team to bring you all the latest developments from overseas as they happen. you can look fo
. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaved two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to makes sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so, we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe, tonight, more than 30 countries. two more u.s. embassies stormed, even the new president
stream. and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: just the day before the attack there were warning signs. al qaeda's lear urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan born militant. the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a beg question. whenever there has been a denigration of the prophet muhammad, demonstrations have almost always followed. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> not just, warning signs, potentially ignored, the consulate there, was not as secure as most consulates. they didn't have bulletproof glass. don't have reinforced doors. intelligence agents haven't substantiated this said a spy must have known about the safe house in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. militants found it without a problem. >> hoond sight is 20/20. 30 american staffers and libyans were taken to the safe house. the government will not shut down at the en
romney is now facing tough questions, too. while the battle in benghazi was still going on, romney attacks the obama administration as disgraceful. saying the administration's first reaction was to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. this was based on a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt, condemning the anti-muslim movie, one issued before it was even attacked. in a press conference, romney was unapologetic. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: eager to throw a punch himself, the president fired back on cbs news' "60 minutes." >> governor romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later. as president, one of the things i learned is you can't do that. >> reporter: george, conventional wisdom has it that any day the campaign is not focused on the struggling economy is a good day for president obama. there remains unanswered questions about insufficient security at the diplomatic posts on the anniversary of 9/11. one that could potentially hurt president obama. >> you also raise that question in your piece. now that the president
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